Friday, March 1, 2013

March Challenge!!

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first day of Autumn, and to our March challenge. 

How the months are flying by. 

I want to take a moment to welcome all our new followers and to also thank you for the constant support you show us here. Next month, it will be 2 years since I started this little challenge blog here and with your support it has gone from strength to strength and I just hope it continues to do so. Thank you always for the words you leave us with here , on Facebook , through emails. We love hearing your feedback and you can always drop me a line at to let me know anything you would like me to know. 

I try very very hard to organised this wonderful team of mine, who are all very professional and need little guidance and I also try to have an "organised" way of running things here so I THANK YOU for recognizing that and for the very positive way you always speak about Once Upon A.. Sketch. We try to do our best here and in my opinion the team is just sensational and they provide amazing layouts for your inspiration each month and I also want to publicly thank them for that because each and every singe Design Team member's work each month is of high quality and I appreciate that very much :)

OK now I have bored you to death, lets go on to our March challenge !!

Theme: "Its The Weekend!"

 What does your weekend look like? 

Maybe you work, or run around like crazy taking your kids to activities etc. Lunch with friends? Movies? Dinner? Or maybe you do all the exciting stuff like ...clean the house, tend to the garden , kinds birthday parties. You might like to tell us of an exciting weekend coming up, or a weekend past. Maybe a weekend getaway? Whatever it is that you want to tell us that has to do with the theme "Its The Weekend" we would love to hear it. 

Your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below. 

Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . You are allowed to journal in any language but please tell us where on your page we will find your journalling. Remember journalling has to be a bit more than a title, or a generic comment. Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.

Here is the winner of our January challenge

Amy Voorthuis (The Netherlands) 

Here are some samples from the Design Team from our main sponsor for March , Scraps Of Darkness. The DT members have used past Scraps Of Darkness kits.

*Kristie used the Waterways kit
* journalling is tucked in behind the photo on the right

*journalling hidden on a tag under the photo where the rope is .

Rachael Funnell (Australia) 
*January Scraps Of Elegance kit used. 
*hidden journalling on pull out tag behind the photo

Now here is what our Design Team came up with. Please click on their names to be directed to their blogs for more details on their creations. I am sure they would love to hear from you !!!

Romy Veul (The Netherlands) 

*Hidden journaling on the tag behind the photos*

Svetlana Austin (South Africa)
*Hidden journaling on a tag hidden in a pocket at the top of the layout*
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard fence and banners**

Florence Teixeira - France 
*Hidden journaling on back of layout*

Cathy Cafun (Australia) 
*Hidden Journaling on tag under the flower*
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard frame and title & Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon on tag**

** Imaginarium Designs 'Happy Days' phrase **

**Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Hearts**

***Imaginarium Designs: "Time flies when you're having fun" sentiment and Butterfly Large

Anna Zaprzelska (Poland)
**Journaling on the right corner
**Imaginarium Designs Frame chipboard

Renata Moni (Brazil)

*Hidden Journaling on tag behind the photo*

**Hidden Journalling on tag below the bottom photo**

We welcome a new sponsor for the month of March Scraps of Darkness kit club

Scraps of Darkness kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to another level. We strive to include the latest and greatest items on the market that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a piece of art.  And don't let our name fool you - while we regularly include items for those who like to create "darker"  layouts, we also want to inspire you to venture into what we consider Alternative Scrapbooking, such as Steampunk, Grunge, and Technique based layouts and projects.Each month, we offer a Main Kit and several Add On Kits that coordinate with the Main Kit.
In addition to offering monthly kits, we have an online store, and offer free shipping to kit subscribers for store purchases that they would like shipped with their Main Kit.  We also have an amazing and diverse Design Team that never ceases to inspire with their gorgeous creations.  Our forums are a lively warm community of supportive scrappers and unique challenges. Stop by and visit our gallery where you can see work from both our Design Team and our subscribers!
The winner of this challenge, will win the following prize from our main sponsor, Scraps of Darkness and also be invited to come back in May as our Guest Designer.

Scraps of Darkness is donating their March main kit Simple Pleasures

This kit is full of Prima Marketing Engraver collection, Kaisercraft, Maya Road and much much more!

Now here are the prizes on offer from the rest of our permanent sponsors..

Imaginarium Designs chipboard, is donating a chipboard pack full of their newest releases valued at AU$50.00 , with free domestic and international shipping 

Scraps of Elegance kit club is donating their main kit valued at US$35.95 value, with free Priority shipping within the USA, or free First Class shipping for international winners!

The Flying Unicorn online store is donating a US$25.00 gift voucher to spend at their store with free domestic and international shipping ! 

Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking is donating a patterned paper and canvas collection with free domestic and international shipping 

Sassy Scrappers is donating a AUS$25.00 prize pack with free domestic and international shipping 

Scrapbooking Fantasies is donating a ribbon pack  for 2 winners valued at over AU$10.00 each plus with free domestic and international shipping 

Njoyfull Crafts is donating one of the above prize packs or similar valued at AU$20.00 with free domestic and international shipping 

Get Creative Embellishments is donating a prize pack valued at 15.00 Euro,  shipped free anywhere in the world

SA Crafters is donating a prize pack valued at US$15.00 , shipped anywhere in the world.

Little Blue Button Stamps, is offering a $10.00 voucher to the online store 

Fancy Flair Designs is donating a Coupon for My Kit Glorious Day Stacked Papers Pack

The deadline for this challenge is midnight March 25th Australian Eastern Standard Time . 


  1. Beautiful work, everyone! Well-done!

  2. Oh loved this amazing challenge Nadia, can't believe it's has been only 2 years that you started this amazing site! I'm also having a sketch challenge at my blog but I only got one entry lol.....have a wonderful day hugs Amy

  3. Amazing creations .. and I love that sketch!

  4. Beautiful sketch and amazing inspiration by the DT!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  5. Wow..such gorgeous samples, absolutely stunning each and every one. Great sketch Nadia, looking forward to seeing some fabulous entries this month!

  6. Ohhh they are all so gorgeous!!! Wonderful sketch..

  7. Stunning projects as always from your awesome design team and an awesome sketch once again!!

  8. WOW! I've found a new amazing scrap challenge! What beautiful pages your design team has created!

  9. Hi girls loved participating in this wonderful challenge! XOXO

  10. I really enjoyed working in my layout this month! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Had fun with this sketch, as always :)
    Great layouts by the DT!

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  13. Hi Nadia! I'm hoping participate if only I have time this weekend. I've played along just once before in December, but keep checking the others' submissions frequently. What an inspiring blog you have!

    Just a suggestion to make it easier for a reader like me who uses mobile device a lot: I'd appreciate if the deadline could show in the beginning of the challenge post instead of the end!

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